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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie teased Harry about his apparent lack of housekeeping skills. She encourage him to write to her mother and wrote again about her friend, Annie Wisner, and the Watts Collection.

Harry was so anxious to read Effie’s latest letter that he almost skipped going to church. In his first letter, he enthused about her mother’s Montrose “project.” In the second, he responded to Effie’s concerns about Annie and wrote of Miss Elder’s experiences in New Orleans.

“Oh what fun to see you make your bed.” Osborn, Effie 1885-3-15

“O how much I have enjoyed being at your house in Orange in those old days when we were forming ‘ties that can never be unlinked again.’” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-15a

“I know that you will sit on me for writing this but if he is poor then he will probably feels a good deal of delicacy in a case of this sort I should imagine.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-15b


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